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Tipping in Canada

François | Aug 11, 2004 11:49 AM

I recently moved to Montreal from the US. In the US, I am used to tipping between 15-20% of the total bill(including drinks, taxes, etc.) Generally speaking, I would never tip below 15%, even for relatively poor service. Service that was acceptable I tip at 18%; and I go to 20% or even above for excellent service.

I have recently been told by a few people here that tipping here is in the range of 10-15%. The easiest thing, I am told, is to just add whatever the tax bill was as tip, which works out to 15% of the pre-tax bill (less that 15% of the total bill, of course).

Is that correct? What do most people here generally tip? Is there a different standard for, say, local vietnamese vs high-end BYOB?

Do waiters get paid a decent wage here, as opposed to the sub-minimum wage paid in the US?

Thanks for any help people might have.

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